UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – It didn’t take long for player frustration to begin to boil over at Chambers Bay.
Bubba Watson opened with a tumultuous round of even-par 70, overcoming a pair of double bogeys in a round that clocked in at well over five hours. Watson faced a lengthy wait on No. 18, and after hitting his final approach of the day he was heard venting from the middle of the fairway.
“Waiting 30 minutes? I mean, this is pathetic professional golf,” Watson said.
Watson ended up making par on No. 18, but declined to speak with media after his round.
Watson got off to a rocky start, making a double-bogey 6 on the first hole after his chip shot from well left of the green ended up back at his feet. He also made a double on No. 10, but in between he carded five birdies.
Watson finished T-5 in 2007 at Oakmont, but since his U.S. Open record is less than stellar. He has missed the cut in three of his last six starts, and has only broken par once in 25 career rounds at this event.